These two poems are in some way quite similar, as the authors write about two male characters, an injured man and a young boy, one of whom dies later. Wilfried Owen explored the effects of war on those who live through it by comparing the present life of an injured soldier to his past hopes and accomplishments. Robert Frost‘s poem, is seen as a vision of the inhuman evils of technology, and its violence and bleakness appear to justify such a view. The “victims“ are both young men, but the circumstances of their injury/death are very different, one is war, the other domestic.
Each writer used a different form, blank verses or stanzas, and different uses language in their poem, which I am going to analyse later on, as well as the different effects the poems have on the reader. Robert Frost‘s intention of his poem reflects the meaning of life. This drives the author to the message that life has to go on. Other than Wilfred Owen, whose poem shows actual situation of war, and how people have to deal with their injuries and loss.
Frost wrote his poem in “blank verse“, which means it does not rhyme and is in iambic pentameter. This describes the particular rhythm that the words establish in that line. “And the saw snarled and rattled, snarled and rattled,/As it ran light, or had to bear a load./And nothing happened: day was all but done.“ Frost uses figurative language, like “Five mountain ranges one behind the other/Under the sunset far into Vermont.“,which give the reader a better understanding of the narrative. The writer does not essentially want the reader to connect emotionally with the text, but show them what people have to deal with. “His sister stood beside him in her apron/To tell them ‘Supper.’“ Through the poem he makes use of contrarian style about life. “And nothing happened: day, was all but done.“ Robert Frost makes the whole situations seem less vital, however this makes the reader‘s thoughts deeper. “The doctor put him in the dark of ether.“ Rather than saying that the doctor lets the boy die.
Different to Owen, who uses stanzas in his poem, a group of lines forming the basic recurring metrical unit in a poem; a verse. Every paragraph, apart form the last one starts with the way the soldier lives now, and compares it with his live earlier on, or the other way round. „He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark,/ And shivered in his ghastly suit of grey.“ „About this time Town used to swing so gay.“ In contrast with the last stanza, where he describes the way people welcomed him back after fighting for their lives and country. He also mentions the people‘s opinions on him. „Some cheered him home, but not as crowds cheer Goal.“ In the end he then shows us what the man‘s life is going to bring for him, and how he is going to spent his last years of live. “Now, he will spend a few sick years in Institutes,/and do what things the rules consider wise.“
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